I love this-- my Mom and I used to make all the recipes while we are were reading these books together, but not this one. I remember a lot of doughnuts and hoecake type things.
I'm almost finished reading the LAST Laura book, 'The First Four Years' to my 5 year old son. We read them in order. The most striking thing was the contrast between 'Little House' and 'Farmer Boy'. Almanzo was eating like a king on his farm in Upstate NY while Laura & family were out on the prairie basically starving!
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll I spent a summer at Penland and while I am sincerely serious about the Craft Arts, I also encourage you to pursue blacksmithing or another of the manly arts as a way to seduce women. Chicks think it's hot. 15 years ago I basically closed the deal with my wife by taking her for a tour of the cooperative woodshop I was sharing. She was super impressed despite the fact that I was jobless, directionless and wasn't even working on any projects at the time.
I love traveling alone- especially in Europe. When I am by myself I have a tendency to drive myself nuts trying to fill up every second of my time, trying to make sure I get the most out of the experience, staying buy so I won't notice that I am alone. A friend had some great advice which is to stay somewhere that can function as your evening's entertainment. A hotel with a couple of pleasant bistros close-by and a nice bar in the lobby is what I usually try to find. I make sure to have a clear itinerary for the next day before I go to bed and wrap up my day at home base. Before I discovered this I spent a couple of exhausting trips traipsing around seeing the sites and then trying to to find the hippest night spot I could. Once I was able to give that up I've been having the time of my life!